Philosophy department to fight closure plans

By Louisa Emery on March 31, 2011 5:38 PM |

aa-mar12-greenwichpark6.jpgStudents with a place to study Philosophy at Greenwich University are going to have to think again after their course was ear marked for closure.

A senior staff member said a recommendation has been made to close down the the BA Philosophy course with "immediate effect."

BA Hons Philosophy programme leader Kath Jones said in a statement on feministphilosophers.wordpress.com: "This recommendation has to pass through the Academic Planning Committee before it is formally set in stone, but this is only a formality unless we can interrupt it.

"The management of the School of Humanities has closed recruitment to the Philosophy programme with immediate effect and are writing to students who have already been given places for September 2011 to tell them that these are no longer available."

Ms Jones said the Philosophy school was not given an opportunity to defend the course and have the support of The British Philosophy Association who are asking the University to keep the programme open.

A Facebook group - Save Philosophy at Greenwich - has been set up and has 285 members.

Students have been invited to attend a meeting at the Union at 5pm on April 4 to make plans to fight the decision.

A statement from the University of Greenwich said: "It is usual within universities for the range of subject provision to be reviewed from time to time. As part of this, a decision has been taken not to recruit to Single Honours Philosophy in 2011-12. However, discussions are ongoing and a final decision about the future of the programme has not yet been taken.

"Irrespective of this decision, there is no question that combined honours Philosophy courses will continue to be offered, and that students from other disciplines will still be able to choose philosophy electives."

Protesters at Keele University in Staffordshire claimed victory earlier this week after a proposal to drop Philosophy Studies there was scrapped.

1 Comments

Katy Maydon said:

Thanks for posting about our situation, please if you want to, sign the petition:

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/44349/sign.html